January/February 2019


The LP Chair's Perspective: The Curious Nature of Technology

Katy Goshtasbi

It seems lawyers’ perspectives on technology reflect one of two realities: We either hate it or love it. But we can’t live without it. Both sides have legitimate personal reasons as to why.

Regardless of your take on technology, I think there’s one thing that’s true of technology for every lawyer. Technology represents the possibilities that come from people taking a risk, being creative and stepping into the unknown—whether that’s by what they’ve designed and created (think Steve Jobs) or because they’ve decided to start using a product that seems foreign, and perhaps scary to use, but has endless possibilities for improving their practices and lives.

I always step back and marvel at technology. What it must have taken for someone to be curious enough about life to design this product! Furthermore, what it must have taken for that same person to zealously advocate for their product to end users! The passion and drive it takes to succeed in the technology arena which is so saturated—that’s impressive. In a nutshell, someone chose to see things differently. They had a different perspective. They were open to change and growth and refused to sit on the sidelines. With that different perspective, they changed the world in their own way.

What does this mean for you? Stop and consider:

  • What’s your take on technology? Why?
  • How do you use technology to make your practice easier and more helpful for your clients?
  • If you are resistant to new technology, where else in your life are you resistant to change and growth? Why? What are you going to do about it?
  • How can you become a trendsetter, as a lawyer, and make a difference for your clients and for yourself?

As you will see in this TECHSHOW issue of our magazine, technology is our focus. Check out all the wonderful articles regarding technology and see how you can adapt it for your practice, specifically to make your life and practice better. Your use of technology could signal that you are creative and willing to move forward with the times. It can also signal your level of risk. Any way you look at it, that’s exciting.

I hope you join us at the 2019 ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago in late February and early March. The ABA Law Practice Division (LP) loves hosting the many lawyers who come annually to Chicago each year. It’s our pleasure to give back to the legal community by providing you several days of tips and tools for how you can thrive using the right technology for your practice.

In 2019 TECHSHOW will be offering Communities to help bring together attorneys in specific practice areas or who otherwise have similarities of practice (solo, small firm, young lawyers, etc.). In addition TECHSHOW will host a start-up competition for those starting innovative legal businesses.

In addition LP considers the “whole” lawyer component an important issue. Yoga and meditation and a 5K run will be offered again at TECHSHOW. An entire educational track addressing the whole lawyer, especially in the face of technology and innovation, will create opportunities for learning experiences “beyond the tech.” This is all in addition to the ABA Lawyer Retreat we hosted on Oct. 5, 2018, in Vail, Colorado, to address the whole lawyer.

Great networking opportunities are always part of ABA TECHSHOW. On Thursday and Friday evening, attendees can join speakers and authors for dinner and networking. Various receptions are also offered.

If you do come to TECHSHOW, and I hope you do, please flag me down and say hello. I’d love to meet you and hear your story of why you became a lawyer and how technology serves you best in your practice and life.

Katy Goshtasbi

Katy Goshtasbi is a change and branding expert and founder of Puris Consulting. She works with law firms, lawyers and organizations on growing, in size and profits, by mastering change and developing brands that get their message out effectively. The results include happier, more productive lawyers, reduced stress, attracting better clients and more revenues. Katy practiced securities law for over 14 years. Email her.